Self-publishing is easy. You write the novel, hire an editor, convert the files to ebook format, or hire someone to do it for you, upload to Amazon and Barnes and Noble and bam. You’re published.
But then comes the hard part. Marketing. I’ve sold more copies of my book than can be accounted for by friends and family. That’s good. But I haven’t sold nearly as many as I want to sell. The feedback I have been getting has been great. One lady wrote on a friend’s facebook page that the book was a joy to read and she was sad when it was over. Score! I love that. A person on tumblr said that he truly enjoyed it and was going to recommend it to several of his friends. That is awesome. That is truly awesome, because before I published it, I had only the word of my two sisters and my editor to tell me if it was good or not. They liked it, but they might have a bit of bias.
But where do I go from here? How do I get the message out to other people that my novel is really charming and adorable and that people like it. (They really like it!) How do I get the local newspaper to write a story about the cute, but controversial new novel by local author? How do I get Ellen to read my book? I know she would love it if she read it! I’m floundering a bit and am not sure where to go from here.
In the meantime: